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Eden Camp, Malton
Eden Camp museum and Spitfire
Eden Camp museum and Spitfire

Eden Camp near Malton is a museum of modern history - with a difference... the place itself is an artefact!

It was built in 1942 to house PoWs captured in North Africa!

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While many history museums rely on glass cases to exhibit their artefacts, Eden Camp near Malton has a bit more...

Eden Camp itself is an artefact - it was built as a Prisoner of War camp in 1942.

History of Eden Camp
A small number of Army troops arrived at Malton in 1942, and erected a barbed wire enclosure and tents which would serve as a camp for the influx of enemy prisoners of war captured in North Africa.

Two hundred and fifty Italian prisoners were the first arrivals, and were ordered to construct a larger and more permanent prison camp. While at the camp, prisoners worked on nearby farms.

The Italian prisoners left the camp in 1944, and German prisoners were detained there from 1944 until 1948.

In 1986 a local businessman found that 35 of the original 45 huts were as they were left in 1948, and that much of the prison camp was intact.

The huts
Now, the huts are equipped to cover all aspects of World War Two, from social to military history. The huts cover subjects like Hitler and the Nazis, evacuation, propaganda, the Land Army, munitions factories, The Red Cross, the war at sea and in the desert, the life of a PoW, Dunkirk, the Dambusters, the Great Escape... the list goes on.

There's a War News Reading Room with newspaper pages from nearly every day of the war; a collection of military vehicles; a 'dig for victory' garden; an assault course; a Garden of Remembrance; a music hall with puppet shows and war-time entertainment, and food served in the Mess.

WW2 evacuees
World War Two evacuees

There's a hut devoted to the First World War and one about British conflicts since the Second World War, including Palestine, Cyprus, Korea and Iraq.

Much of the memorabilia and material has been donated by ex-prisoners of war, prison camp guards and civilians who knew the Italian and German prisoners of war based there.

Opening times
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is open all year round from 10am - 5pm. Last admission is 4pm.

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